Twins are ready to ride for cause close to their hearts

Ben and Gracie Stevenson from Castle Bytham
Ben and Gracie Stevenson from Castle Bytham
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Six-year-old twins are using pedal power to raise funds for a charity close to their hearts.

Ben Stevenson, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of two, and sister Gracie, have signed up to take part in the Diabetes UK Big Bike Ride at Rutland Water, which takes place on Sunday, June 29.

The twins, who live in Castle Bytham in Lincolnshire, will be cycling the six-mile route with their mum Julia Miner.

Julia said: “Luckily Ben’s symptoms of extreme tiredness, being very thirsty and going to the toilet a lot were picked up and he was diagnosed quickly, before he could have become very ill. He is a normal and active six year old, who with his sister, Gracie, enjoys riding his bike. I thought it would be a great way to combine a family day out and raise some money for Diabetes UK by taking part in the Big Bike Ride.”

Diabetes UK’s East Midlands fundraiser, Claire Coles, said: “A big thank you to Ben and Gracie for taking part in the ride. Their fundraising helps us to campaign so that children in the future do not face discrimination and avoidable ill health at 

“We will be working with schools to help them implement these new duties so that they have the right policy and practical support to meet the needs of children with medical conditions.”

The ride has routes varying in length from six, 17 and 23 miles. The registration fee is £10 per adult and £5 for children under 16.

Cycle hire is available from the Cycle Hire Shop on 01780 720888, at a preferential rate for those taking part for Diabetes UK. Registration on the day is from 10am to 11am at Normanton car park and cars can be parked there for £5.

To register call 01922 614500 or e-mail

Rutland is one of the best performing areas in England for giving people the NHS Health Check, according to a new report by Diabetes UK.

The report, called NHS Health Checks in local authorities, shows that 12 per cent of people in Rutland aged 40 to 74 got one of the checks in the first nine months after responsibility for the programme switched from NHS to local government control.

The national average was 6.4 per cent.